A simple keyboard-generated string pad can add much. But no matter how
good the keyboard is anyone with much of an ear can tell it's an attempt to fake a real string section. Yet a
live-player string section of session quality players can run $1,000 to
$2,000 per song just to pay the talent, let alone studio costs!
"I asked for an idea, and got the world back I am very impressed with how you were able to put my ideas into effect.In the end there were many instruments on many perfect tracks.Thank you for your commitment and your fantastic musicians!"
Unless it's a major label funded project, that's too expensive. Indie artists, songwriters and record companies can't afford those lofty costs.
I've found that a mix of keyboard-generated and live strings- typically violins, often viola and cello- is a great compromise! Instead of a fake sounding "quickie string part" to fill out the sound, it actually becomes its own thing as the arrangement manifests and the parts intertwine.
I produced the strings above as well as on the no-vocal rough mix of "The Call" in the sidebar to your right and can do something similar on strings for your song for under $300! That's under $300 total including arranging the parts, talent and studio time!
Listen as the two live violins follow the single keyboard string part, play together, double the lead guitar part in spots, and often play counterpoint to each other.
I think you'll find it amazing.
Interested? If you need something beyond what you're hearing here, more complex or more lengthy, send your rough quick mix and request a quote on "a blend of keyboard-generated and live strings" to NashTraxStudios@gmail.com
Studio time.: $75 per hour
In-house engineer: $50/hr.
Interested in booking studio time for your band or solo project at hourly rate? Use your credit card via Pay Pal to send $250 (or more if you think you'll need more time) to firstname.lastname@example.org via PayPal.com to pay for the minimum 2 hours of time at Nashville Trax Recording Studio which will confirm a 2 hour booking with option for at least two additional hours. Engineer is included. Balance, if any, will be due in cash at the session end, prior to mixes or files being exchanged. Additional days can be scheduled if needed. Total Per hour rate is $125 per hour. E-mail or call 615-319-8616 immediately after or just prior purchase, to schedule the date and start time and obtain specific pricing for your project.
Professional session quality musicians and vocalists are available upon request. Extra per-song or hourly charges apply for musicians and/or session singers requested. 48 Hours notice requested to schedule a session.
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Bill Watson, Producer
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